The Best Mosquito Repellents of 2023
These repellents won't let mosquitoes suck the fun out of summer.
Summer is barbecues, fishing trips, and the distinct high-pitched hum of a mosquito zeroing in on your ear. The latter can ruin your summer fun with constant swatting and the eventual itching. But, mosquito repellent can save the day. To help you find the best mosquito repellent for your needs, I tested a bunch of them in my mosquito-infested woods to find repellents that are effective and user friendly. Here are my picks:
Best Overall: Coleman Insect Repellent SkinSmart
Best for Backyards: Thermacell EX90
Best Small Bottle: Repel 100
Best Lotion: Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion
Best for Treating Clothing: Sawyer Permethrin
Best Portable Device: Thermacell MR450 Armored Mosquito Repeller
Best Natural: Murphy’s Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Mosquito & Tick Repellent Spray
Best Device for Backpacking: Backpacker Mosquito Repeller
A 20% DEET Premium Controlled-Release Lotion will work well against mosquitoes, but Dr. Zimring says he prefers the 20% Picaridin lotion since it also protects against ticks, gnats, chiggers, and flies. (In both instances, he recommends Sawyer brand.)
Part of spending time outside means battling ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. For this, Nelson swears by permethrin.
And out of the products we tested, Dr. Zeichner highly recommends Sawyer Products 20% Picaridin Insect Repellent.